The Olympic torch is winding its way from Lands End to the Shetland Islands and finally to the Olympic stadium in London.

The torch arrives for the first time in Scotland in Stranraer around 6am on Friday 8th June and Turning Point Scotland’s AccessArt service is hoping to play a part in supporting the torchbearers along the route on this historic journey.

AccessArt based in Dumfries and Galloway successfully bid for and was awarded the funding to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame to the region. The funding will be used to provide Torch making workshops in Stranraer in the run up to the 8th of June when the torch will cross the Irish Sea and arrive in Stranraer harbour. The route taken by the torch through Stranraer will be lined by the local community many waving their very own Olympic torches.

Steven Burnie, Senior Arts and Crafts Co-ordinator, AccessArt told said:

“Excitement is really starting to build for the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Stanraer especially as it will be its first stop in Scotland.

We plan to support the event by providing Olympic torch making workshops in Stranraer at the Ryan Leisure Centre on the 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th June in the evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm. We also plan to be there to welcome the Olympic flame on the 8th June waving and greeting the runner.

The idea behind the workshops was to make a replica of the London Olympic Torch 2012. The process of the making the torch has been broken down into simple steps. The design of the torches means individuals can make their torch as simple or as complicated as they would like.

To get involve you just need to turn up to the workshops with some enthusiasm.

Anyone who wants to get involved can, the workshops are open to all ages and abilities. We will need all their help and support people to make their Torches.”

Check out more info about when and where the workshops are taking place by viewing our Olympic Torch Poster.

Mean while up in the North East Rosie’s Social Enterprises and STABLE project service user Sadie Main nominated her disabled swimming teacher to carry the Olympic torch as a thank you for running the swimming club as a volunteer for 18 years.

The organisers were delighted with the idea and Pamela Wheatley from Stonehaven will be carrying the torch through the Aberdeenshire town on the 12th of June between 8am and 9am, so if you are in the area come along and cheer her on!

Sadie explains why she nominated Pamela:

“I thought it would be a nice surprise for her.  It was a nice way to say thank you as she had done the swimming group for about 20 years and was due to retire.  She did this as a volunteer.

It helped me feel better and fitter and I really enjoy the swimming group.

She is a really nice lady and I would not have had the chance to go swimming if she had not had the swimming group for people with disabilities.

It tells her that we thought a lot of her hard work and we appreciated it.

Hopefully it will be a story she can tell her future grandchildren.

Hopefully I will get to go and see her.”